Weight concern across the life-span: Relationship to self-esteem and feminist identity

Marika Tiggemann, Claire Stevens

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    Abstract

    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the correlates of weight concern across the life-span. Method: Questionnaires assessing weight concern, self-esteem, and feminist attitudes were completed in their homes by 180 women aged between 18 and 60 years. Results: It was found that there was a negative relationship between weight concern and self-esteem for 30 to 49- year-old women, but not for younger or older women. A similar pattern held for feminist attitudes. Among 30 to 49-year-old women, a strong feminist orientation related to a lesser concern with weight. Discussion: It was concluded that the meaning and experience of body weight and size change across the life-span.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-106
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

    Keywords

    • Feminist attitudes
    • Life-span
    • Weight concern

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